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The new 6-Series looks confident at speed; it's still a bulky, hulky luxury cruiser.
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The frumpiness of the previous model is gone with this generation of 6 Series. With its long, sculpted hood and front end, the 2012 model recalls the "shark nose" look of the original model.
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Its best angle is coming straight at you; a V-shape hood and front fenders stack in three levels, hinting at lapping waves.
New York Times

It's not as elegant as the Jaguar XK's streamlined design, but the 2012 BMW 6 Series interior offers top-shelf materials and craftsmanship in a fitting, cockpit-centric design.

It is clearly evident through the attention to detail lavished on the instruments, controls and overall design that BMW has taken a good deal more time developing the interior of its new open top than it did with its predecessor.
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More athletic, wider, lower, and all-new for 2012, the latest BMW 6-Series is striking at rest or in motion. The overall look is one of confident, luxurious speed, though the details may not please every eye.

The new hood is one of the most prominent features, with a series of creases converging toward the nose, giving the surface character while also slightly slimming the broad nose's shape. Lower, wider, and longer than the previous 6-Series, the 2012 model looks decidedly more hunkered-down and ready for action, without looking at all cramped or compact.

BMW's now-characteristic modern take on the kidney grille is present up front, as are sculpted intakes to access the "shark nose" form. At the sides, the surfaces are kept simple, with mildly flared fenders and the coupe profile the dominant details. Large alloy wheels look at home in the large coupe's scale.

Inside, the 2012 BMW 6-Series continues its sport-inflected luxury theme, with a driver-oriented layout to controls and instrumentation. Styled in typical contemporary BMW fashion, the 6-Series' interior is orderly, restrained, and generally low-key, though unlike the somber experiences of some BMW cabins, the 6-Series comes off a bit warmer and more inviting.


The new 6-Series looks confident at speed; it's still a bulky, hulky luxury cruiser.

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